Lawrence Ho is the Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (Nasdaq: MLCO) and Melco International Development Limited (HKEx: 200). He oversees the companies’ vision and strategy, with the goal to redefine gaming and entertainment by delivering iconic destinations for the Asian premium market. Since taking over Melco International in 2001, Lawrence commenced a decade-long transformation of the business into a pioneering leisure and entertainment group. He started leading Melco Resorts & Entertainment in 2004, with a clear vision to create premium Integrated Resorts that go beyond gaming.
Lawrence’s first casino hotel was Altira in 2007 in Taipa Macau, a 9-time winner of the “Forbes Travel Guide” for 5-star hotel and spa. He continued on by launching City of Dreams in 2009, which currently features numerous Michelin-starred restaurants. City of Dreams is also home to his latest hotel, Morpheus, which was launched in 2018. Morpheus is the world’s first ever free-form exoskeleton high-rise architectural masterpiece designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid and ranked in 2018 by Time Magazine as one of the World’s greatest places. Located across from the City of Dreams is Studio City, the cinematically-themed resort launched in 2015 that delivers unique and exhilarating guest experiences. Beyond Macau, Lawrence has expanded the Melco brand to the Philippines with City of Dreams Manila in 2015 and recently received Cyprus’ first and only casino license to launch City of Dreams Mediterranean in 2021.
Under Lawrence’s leadership, Melco destinations are internationally recognized for their singular focus on high-quality guest experiences through world-class entertainment, retail, dining, and hospitality. Melco’s properties showcase the record-breaking show “The House of Dancing Water” in collaboration with Franco Dragone, an original all-electric theatrical stunt show “Elēkrŏn” in partnership with Stufish, Asia’s largest Virtual Reality zone and Macau’s first ever EStadium. All of his properties have garnered industry recognition for excellence. Melco has over 360 awards to date; all of his properties have received the Forbes 5-star rating and his properties have the most Michelin stars in Macau. In 2018, Melco received the top number of entries for any integrated resort operator in the world, with its hotels and spas listed in the “Forbes Travel Guide 2018 World’s Most Luxurious Hotels/Spas”.
Lawrence is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland.